Renault is gearing up to launch a compact MPV in India as revealed in October 2017. First spy shots of the Renault RBC (codename) were published last week. A recent report from Autocar India sheds some light on the engine options Renault may offer the MPV with.
As per the report, the Renault RBC is likely to get an updated version of the Kwid's 1.0 L SCe petrol engine equipped with a turbocharger. In its current form, this 3-cylinder engine produces 68 PS and 91 Nm. Turbocharging should give power and torque outputs sufficient boost to handle the extra load that will accompany the increased size and weight of the MPV.
The report further adds that there will be no diesel variant of the Renault compact MPV on offer. The company does not have a small enough diesel unit to fit the RBC's engine bay.
The report also states that the company is focusing on ‘balancing style and rear headroom’. It will be designed as a new model and not a derivative of the Kwid's design as is the case with the Datsun GO and GO+. The CMF-A+ platform, derived from the Kwid's CMF-A underpinnings, will be utilised by the Renault RBC.
Spy shots revealed features like LED DRLs up front and a rear wiper. They also indicate the presence of roof rails. Expect Renault to offer the MPV with a 7-inch MediaNAV touchscreen infotainment setup borrowed from the Kwid. Dual front airbags, ABS, and rear parking sensors will be available as standard fitment to comply with the new safety regulations coming into effect October 2019 onwards.
The Renault RBC could be priced in the same range as hatchbacks like the Maruti Baleno and Ford Figo. It may start at around INR 6 lakhs (ex-showroom). At this price point, top-end trims may end up competing with entry-level grades of the Maruti Ertiga. The upcoming 7-seat Maruti Wagon R may end up being a direct rival to the Renault RBC. Renault has, on multiple occasions, promised that it will launch a new product in India every year. 2017 saw the launch of the Captur and in 2018, the Renault RBC is expected to arrive in showrooms.
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[new source - Autocar India]